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Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

Sponsor and Awardsort icon Entry Fee Genre Cash Prize Prize includes Application Deadline
Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 each are given twice yearly by the Leeway Foundation to women and transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 8/1/14
Les Figues Press
NOS Book Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press is given annually for an innovative book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Cross-genre collections are also eligible. Fanny Howe will judge...

$25 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
Literal Latté
Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Literal Latté is given annually for a poem. Submit up to six poems of no more than 2,000 words each with a $10 entry fee ($15 for up to 10 poems) by...

$10 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Manchester Metropolitan University
Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Two prizes of £10,000 (approximately $16,592) each are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Submit three to five poems, totaling no more than 120 lines, or a story of up to 2,500 words...

$28 Poetry, Fiction $16,592 8/29/14
Munster Literature Centre
Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

A prize of €2,000 (approximately $2,753) and publication in Southword, an online literary journal published in Cork, Ireland, is given annually for a short story. The winner also receives a...

$21 Fiction $2,753 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Spring Story Contest

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a short story, a short short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. A second-place...

$22 Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $2,500 Publication 7/31/14
Narrative
Poetry Contest

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem or group of poems. The poetry editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems with a $...

$22 Poetry $1,500 Publication 7/20/14
North Carolina Humanities Council
Linda Flowers Literary Award

A prize of $500 and a weeklong residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina, is given annually for a work of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that...

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/15/14
Off the Grid Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Omnidawn Publishing
First/Second Book Prize

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a first or second poetry collection. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 120 pages...

$27 Poetry $3,000 Publication 7/15/14
PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships

Fellowships of $1,000 each are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who lack access to financial and creative support. Each fellow participates in an eight-...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 8/11/14
phren-Z
Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest

Sponsored in collaboration with Santa Cruz Writes, a prize of $1,000 and publication in phren-Z is given annually for a poem. The winner is also invited to give a reading at the fifth annual...

$15 Poetry $1,000 Reading, Publication 9/1/14
Press 53
Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Press 53 will be given annually for a poetry collection. The winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual Gathering of Poets conference in...

$30 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/31/14
Rattle
Poetry Prize

A prize of $5,000 and publication in Rattle is given annually for a poem. A Reader's Choice Award of $1,000 is also given to one of ten finalists. Submit up to four poems of any length with a $...

$20 Poetry $5,000 Publication 7/15/14
Red Hen Press
Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

A prize of $3,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Douglas Kearney will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 96 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. Call or...

$25 Poetry $3,000 Publication 8/31/14
Red Mountain Press
Poetry Prize

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee ($27 for electronic submissions) by September...

$27 Poetry $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
Rosebud Magazine
William Stafford Award for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud is given biennially for a poem. Submit up to three poems with a $12 entry fee by July 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

$12 Poetry $1,000 Publication 7/15/14
Saturday's Child Press
Short Story Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Saturday's Child Magazine is given twice annually for a short story by a woman or a translation into English of a short story by a woman. Translators of any...

$15 Fiction $1,000 Publication 9/15/14
Sixfold
Short Story and Poetry Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a short story and a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than...

$3 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/24/14
Slippery Elm
Poetry and Prose Awards

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. Jeff Gundy will judge in poetry, and David James Poissant will judge in prose...

$15 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $1,000 Publication 9/1/14
Snake Nation Press
Serena McDonald Kennedy Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a novella or short story collection. Submit a novella of up to 50,000 words or a short story collection of up to 200 pages...

$25 Fiction $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Snake Nation Press
Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Snake Nation Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 75 to 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. E-mail or visit the website...

$25 Poetry $1,000 Publication 8/31/14
Stone Canoe
Literary Awards

Three prizes of $500 each are given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer who have a connection to upstate New York. A prize of $500 is also given annually to a U.S....

$0 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $500 7/31/14
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Writing Awards

Up to five awards of $6,000 each and up to five Promise Awards of $2,000 each are given twice yearly to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one...

$10 Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction $6,000 8/31/14
The New Guard
Poetry and Fiction Contest

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in The New Guard will be given annually for a poem and a short story or novel excerpt for the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Knightvalle Poetry...

$15 Poetry, Fiction $1,000 Publication 7/14/14
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